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Ti Quan Yin (Traditional Autumn)

The production of tea in Anxi dates back more than 1,000 years to the end of Tang dynasty (618-907). Ti Quan Yin’s legendary beginnings are acknowledged in two charming legends originating in the town of Xi Ping and dating back to the early Qing Dynasty.

Wei Shuo (Tea from Wei)
This story takes place in 1725 during the Yong Zheng period of the Qing dynasty.

Wei Yin was a poor tea farmer who devoutly worshiped and served at the Quan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) Temple in Xi Ping town, Anxi County. One day, Wei’s eye glimpsed a small tea sapling near the temple where he worshiped that Quan Yin had shown him in a dream.

Wei took the tea plant home and transplanted it into an iron pan. Over the years the tea sapling flourished into a beautiful tea plant under Wei’s tender loving care and Wei made a tasty tea from it. Wei made the tea so that it was tightly rolled and as heavy as an “iron." The tea he made was shiny and dark green in color with a fragrant natural floral and fruity aroma, an enjoyable rich smooth mellow flavor and a sweet flowery aftertaste.

Wei shared the tasty tea with his friends and neighbors, and there was an undisputed consensus that Wei’s tea was very special. Wei’s friends believed that the special tea plant must have been a gift from the Goddess of Mercy that Wei so devoutly worshiped-- so they affectionately named the tea, Ti Quan Yin or Iron Goddess of Mercy.

Wang Shuo (Tea from Wang)
The second legend is a narration of a story by Emperor Qian Long .

In 1736 during the Qian Long era of the Qing Dynasty, Wang Shi Rang, an official of Anxi, who lived Xi Ping found an unusually attractive tea plant at the foot of Nan Shan Mountain. Wang transplanted the tea plant into his own garden.

When the tea plant matured, Wang plucked the fresh tea leaves and made them into tea. The tea’s extraordinary pleasing natural orchid floral and fruity aroma and smooth mellow rich and sweet taste surprised and pleased Wang.

In 1741, Wang presented Mr. Fang Bao, Minister of Rites for Qian Long, with his special new tea. Fang, in turn presented the special tea to Emperor Qian Long in hopes of pleasing him. The Emperor, widely known as a tea connoisseur, fell in love with the new tea and named it Ti Quan Yin or Iron Goddess of Mercy, with Ti meaning Iron to describe the tea’s heavy looking tightly rolled leaves and Quan Yin meaning the Goddess of Mercy and describing the tea’s charming shiny green burnished appearance.